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ERIC Number: ED484260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities. Developments in Secondary Education and Transition. Information Brief. Vol. 4, Issue 1.
Johnson, David R.; Thurlow, Martha; Cosio, Anna; Bremer, Christine D.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, University of Minnesota (NCSET)
The high school diploma is a benchmark of success in the United States, but what the diploma represents has continued to change. The number and types of options for diplomas vary from state to state, with some states having as many as seven choices and others as few as one. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 has increased the pressure on schools across the country to improve graduation rates for all students, including students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997 require that students with disabilities participate in state and district assessments and that results be reported. These requirements have had an impact on the states, affecting the range of diploma options offered to students. Many states offer multiple diploma options as a strategy to meet the requirements of NCLB and IDEA and to improve school completion rates for students, especially those with disabilities. This document discusses the different diploma options available, along with a description of each.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, 6 Pattee Hall, 150 Pilsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-624-2097; Fax: 612-624-9344; Web site:; e-mail:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
Authoring Institution: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, Minneapolis, MN.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A